Whew! The 2016 USA presidential campaign has been exhausting to think about, to discuss, and goodness knows to imagine that Trump wins. And he can win. Why he can or cannot win has been the subject of many news program discussions, and most that I have seen just miss the point. No, better said, most are in denial about what a large segment of the American population is willing to believe, say, and vote for. When I hear the denial, it usually manifest itself as a question, “Who believes such a thing?”
It is clear to me that about 35-40% of the American public believes in Trump’s principle—I am better off surrounded by people like me. Read more
The title is filled with irony. The author of the linked blog post nails the discussion.
#1) Life is more than work and measurable accomplishments
#2) Time and energy are limited resources–how you spend them says a lot about who you are as a person.
#3) Passion renews you energy. If you are lucky enough to have work (providing for your household) combined with your passion, hurray for you. If you do not have work and passion interconnected, like most people, enjoy your life and the trade offs that make you happy. It’s only the people with no passion we should feel sorry for. Arguing which passion is better, well that is just idiotic.
I loved this article. I found it an interesting way to say that people with empathy for others, and a sense of responsibility toward promises, make great leaders. The combination of traits are hard to hone—It is difficult to care enough to get something done for others. But I like the thought.
Why Feelings of Guilt May Signal Leadership Potential | Stanford Graduate School of Business.
South Africa Rocks.
A good friend sent me the above newsletter post. Below are the relevant points of my response.
When I read the interview with William Green, link below, my mentee and godchildren came to mind. I am committed to their success, and therefore, constantly on the lookout for new methods to Read more
When I first read The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something, I thought of my own post How to Learn–It’s Not Studying. The posts rely on the similar notion that practice and effort cause results. Results achieved without effort are discovered, at least eventually I hope, when reputation and expectation must deliver in a new situation. A lesson, sadly I feel, lost on too many of today’s youth as they strike out to pursue their dreams.
The truth about grit – The Boston Globe.
Science is gaining greater consensus that perseverance and focus are the keys to success. Hurray! After years of biased researchers claiming intelligence as the key to success, the tide appears to be turning. Read more
Several theories of student self-entitlement are offered in Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes – NYTimes.com. But entitlement, as a notion of human behavior, has existed much longer than the lifetimes of today’s students. No doubt today’s students exhibit a strong belief about what they deserve. They have had success defined by measured accomplishments-test scores and grades-during their lifetime. Thus, entitlement is not driven by family pressure, or a test taking preparation gone awry, but Read more
During the Back to the Future trilogy, Doc Brown mastered the space time continuum’s subtleties—illustrating well how one event sets in motion a chain of events. What if we could recognize these events as they occur. Psychics claim this power—seeing the future. But we consider them shady. Today, I claim the power. I hope I am not shady. The Supreme Court’s Parents v Seattle decision is a historical marker of United States’ race relations. As I see, things, the next generation faces a period where the goal is “Increase Individual Competition.”
Some look at the country’s time line and see segregation’s return. Man! Do I hope they are wrong. Read more